Health & Research
ECPC Survey on Nutrition published in Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
'Nutritional and metabolic derangements in Mediterranean cancer patients and survivors: the ECPC 2016 survey' was published in Volume 10, Issue 1, February 2019 of the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle.
Nutrition is a crucial component of cancer treatment and rehabilitation as it helps patients better cope with illness. However, given the focus on the cancer and its cure, nutrition is often neglected, leaving patients and their families with doubts, questions and the need for practical guidance on how to eat better on a daily basis, especially during therapy.
Building up on the pilot survey, in 2016 the European Cancer Patient Coalition continued its efforts with a second round of the survey in order to have enough data and maximise the impact of the answers received. The new version was adapted in order to directly address individual cancer patients and cancer survivors. It aimed to describe and understand the perception of the importance of metabolic and nutritional problems among patients and cancer survivors. The study was conducted by a survey of cancer patients and survivors.
The study showed a substantial gap in terms of need for information and practical management of cancer-related nutritional problems for people with cancer.